Emmys add two more nonfiction categories, rename reality TV categories.

Emmys add two more nonfiction categories, rename reality TV categories.
Reality TV shows will still compete for Emmy awards in one of two categories, but those categories have been renamed: Nonfiction program (alternative/unscripted), formerly known as nonfiction program (special class) will be for shows without game elements, while Reality/competition programs, formerly nonfiction programming (special class), will include those shows with game or prize elements. Additionally, traditional nonfiction shows such as documentaries have their own categories: nonfiction series (traditional) and nonfiction special (traditional). Finally, two new categories have been added for writers and directors of nonfiction programs.

Surprisingly, man not eaten alive on Eaten Alive

Eaten Alive

Discovery Channel’s happy family holiday special Eaten Alive aired Sunday, rewarding viewers for their two full hours of viewing by ensuring that they spent quality time in the company of others instead of wasting that time doing something else that might not have been as satisfying, such as buying things that have labels which accurately reflect their contents.

Winter 2015 reality TV debut schedule

winter 2015 reality TV schedule

Mark your calendars with all these upcoming reality TV show debuts, including Celebrity Apprentice, The Bachelor, and another season of MasterChef Junior, all of which kick off in early January.

There are also 20+ shows debuting in December--including the one-off return of The Sing Off. No winter break for reality TV.

about the writer

Andy Dehnart is a journalist who has covered reality television for more than 15 years and created reality blurred in 2000. A member of the Television Critics Association, his writing and criticism about television, culture, and media has appeared on NPR and in Playboy, Buzzfeed, and many other publications. Andy, 36, also directs the journalism program at Stetson University in Florida, where he teaches creative nonfiction and journalism. He has an M.F.A. in nonfiction writing and literature from Bennington College. More about reality blurred and Andy.